October 20, 2016

IRS: TIGTA audit shows IRS' email system is so obsolete, it lacks archive capability. And that's not all ...

Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her Secretary of State days has inundated the airwaves this election season.  But Mrs. Clinton is not the only government official/agency besieged by email woes.

Who else, you might ask?

You guessed it ... The Internal Revenue Service    

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration ("TIGTA") recently released the results of an audit examining the Internal Revenue Service.
What disturbing matters did the audit find?

Plenty.

TIGTA's audit found out that the IRS spent $12 million for an e-mail system it could not use.  That's right:  $12 million of taxpayer money down the drain.  Not only that, the IRS violated federal purchasing rules by not going out to competitive bid for what turned out to be a non-functioning email system.

But wait, there's more.

The IRS' current email system is so old that it will soon be unsupported by the manufacturer.  Not only that, but this email system is so outdated it lacks archive capability.  Yep, the IRS cannot backup its email system.

How's that for safety and security of our federal tax system?

Pour a glass of wine, a stiff drink, or a hot cup of coffee.  Then read TIGTA's audit report here.

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14 comments:

  1. How can this be allowed to happen? Any investigation into IRS employees that failed to go out to competitive bidding?

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    1. I'm not aware of any specific investigation into what IRS employees failed to go to competitive bidding. But you can bet it wasn't the first incident.

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  2. Makes you wonder what security is like for taxpayer records. if there is any, that is.

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    1. Good point. Security is, in fact, very weak at the IRS. Some of the computer operating systems are so old they are no longer supported, and some tax records are maintained on 1970s era tapes. Hacking is an ongoing problem, with a large breach this year in the "Request a Tax Transcript" system.

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  3. How many other gov agencies have the same disfunctional problem?

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  4. Why isn't the media giving this as much attention at Hillary's email issues?

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    1. Can't say for sure, but ... (1) the IRS isn't running for president, Hillary is; and (2) this issue isn't as "sexy" and possibly not viewed as controversial as Hillary's email and server mess.

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  5. No Congressional investigation?

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    1. None that I'm aware of. But, the audit report was only publicly released on Sept 30.

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  6. God, wonder what state taxing depts are like with their email and security.

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  7. What about violation of the go out for bidding rules? No additional inveestigation there?

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  8. Cant believe politicians haven't brought this up during an election year.

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